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Aug 272013
 

TORONTO, August 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A provincial court judge reserved judgment to September 9 after a day-long trial for Linda Gibbons at the College Park courthouse in downtown Toronto on Monday, a hearing that saw noted pro-abortion lawyer Clayton Ruby inject himself into the proceedings.

Gibbons was on trial on a charge of disobeying a court order (an accompanying charge of disobeying a peace officer was withdrawn) in regard to her arrest outside the “Morgentaler Clinic” abortion site in Toronto last June 11. Defence counsel Daniel Santoro offered two lines of argument in pleading not guilty on her behalf.

The first was that Gibbons was not covered under the terms of the injunction, which on consent named five people along with “John and Jane Doe and persons unknown,” but not Gibbons. Secondly, Santoro suggested Gibbons’s conduct on June 11 did not breach the terms of the injunction, which forbade acts such as causing a nuisance, intimidation and interfering with the functioning of the abortion business.

It was on the first point that Ruby wound up asking to address the court, even though he had no standing and had not previously sought intervenor status. In a move a Crown attorney later remarked to a colleague he had never seen before, Madam Justice Feroza Bhabha allowed Ruby to make submissions.

Prior to that, Crown attorney Daniel Brandeis called to the witness stand Shayna Hodgson, who described herself as the “operations manager” of the Morgentaler site since 1999. She testified she has seen Gibbons at the site before, “blocking the driveway” and bringing along other people in tow.

She said she was first advised of Gibbons’s presence on June 11 by Kurtis Urbszat, the regular, full-time security guard on behalf of Intercon Security, which holds the contract to guard the Morgentaler site. Hodgson claimed clients had difficulty getting around the picketing Gibbons and her signage and at one point, she saw an upset client scurry into the building after encountering Gibbons. Under cross-examination by Santoro, however, Hodgson acknowledged Gibbons did nothing to physically block access to the building.

Sheriff Peter Krause testified next, clarifying that Gibbons “interacted with” and “approached” abortion clients, rather than confronted them as he had initially stated.

Finally, Brett Kitchen, another security guard with Intercon, said Gibbons attempted “verbal engagement” with abortion clients, who ignored her and passed her by. He agreed with Santoro’s suggestions that Gibbons did not stop anyone from entering the abortion site and spoke to people in a normal tone of voice.

In his final summations, Santoro emphasized Gibbons was not a party to the 1999 injunction regarding the Morgentaler site and did not consent to it. In such a case, the injunction could not apply universally without a hearing, which did not occur, he argued.

It was at that point that Ruby rose and was allowed to address the court. He argued that the injunction did apply to Gibbons and that it was incumbent upon her to seek a variance to the terms by applying to the Superior Court of Justice. He also said the terminology of “Jane Doe and persons unknown” meant the injunction did, in fact, encompass her.

“No injunction could ever be effective if you had to name everyone,” he said, adding the language in the text was clear.

Crown attorney Brandeis, for his part, said he was basically riding Ruby’s coat tails in positing that the injunction applies to Gibbons and anyone else who “disturbs, harasses, bothers and intimidates” people from seeking the care they want.

Regarding the argument on conduct, Brandeis said Gibbons’s actions cause “a significant nuisance” and “were not appreciated” by abortion clients. In material ways, he added, she was attempting to disturb the functioning of the abortion site.

“She goes there to stop abortions from happening. That’s her mission,” he said. While acknowledging Gibbons is not an intimidating person, he said that the “constellation” of her actions was intimidating.

Santoro finished his summations by observing that there was no evidence of interruption to the abortion site’s functioning — everyone who sought to enter the site was able to do so. Gibbons’ conduct was simply moral persuasion, he said.

In putting the matter off to September 9 at 10 a.m. in Room 504 of the College Park courthouse, Brandeis agreed to offer Gibbons bail set at $500 with the condition being she stay at least 500 feet away from any abortion site in Ontario. Santoro said Gibbons would not agree to such a condition.

Santoro has two appeals underway on previous convictions of Gibbons by Justices William R. Wolski and Mara Beth Greene. Dates have yet to be set for those hearings in appeals court.

Meanwhile, fellow pro-life demonstrator Mary Wagner is due in court Tuesday morning at 1000 Finch Avenue West for a remand of her case regarding charges of mischief and failing to comply with probation orders. She was arrested on August 15, 2012 at the “Women’s Care Clinic” abortion site on Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto. She has been in custody since that time while refusing to accede to bail conditions that include staying away from abortion sites.

Justice Fergus O’Donnell in June turned down her request for public funding of a challenge to the Criminal Code’s denial of human status for the unborn.

BY TONY GOSGNACH

Jun 232013
 

Linda Gibbons is a great-grandmother who has spent more than ten of the last 25 years in jail as Canada’s foremost political prisoner.

Her crime: lovingly and peacefully pleading with young mothers to accept her practical support, in order to carry their precious babies to term and save themselves from a world of regret—young mothers who are often coerced by partners, family or friends to destroy their babies. As a result, more than 100 children who were scheduled to die in Ontario abortion mills, are alive because of her sacrifice; some are now adults, and having their own children.

Sadly, like the pre-born children she seeks to defend, Linda is largely forgotten by not only and uncaring world, but even by the church and pro-life movement. The Life and Liberty Campaign is an attempt to address this shortcoming. We are instructed to “Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.” (Hebrews 13:3)

Linda Gibbons has spent more than 10 years in prison for three reasons:

  1. For doing her duty as a human being, a disciple of Jesus and a Canadian patriot: she obeyed Jesus’ command to “love your neighbour as herself.”
  2. For “exposing the hidden works of darkness” of a morally corrupt government that is heavily invested in the mass destruction of 4 million innocent human lives.
  3. Because “All it takes for the triumph of evil, is for good [people] to do nothing.” (Edmond Burke). The church has largely forgotten Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner. We have hardly mounted any political pressure to stop this injustice being perpetrated against two of the most loving and harmless Canadians alive—true life- and liberty-protecting patriots being persecuted by government for doing the right thing; for doing what is civil government’s first responsibility under God: “protect the innocent.”

Here are some things you can do to help Linda, beyond praying for her:

  1. You can write Linda Gibbons at:

Vanier Center for Women

655 Martin St., Milton, ON  L9T 5E6  Canada

  1. Phone and/or write John Gerretsen, Attorney General of Ontario:

Phone: 1-800-518-7901 or attorneygeneral@ontario.ca

Mailing address:

Ministry of the Attorney General
McMurtry-Scott Building
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2S9

Please send copies of your correspondence letters to both Linda, and others:

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne Phone:  416-325-1941

E-mail: premier@ontario.ca

Mailing Address:

Kathleen Wynne, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

And to the Prime Minister of Canada and the federal Justice Minister:

Mailing Addresses:

Office of the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

There is an e-mail submission form and other contact data on his web-page:

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contact.asp?featureId=10

The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8

Email: mcu@justice.gc.ca

Telephone: 613-957-4222

Jun 122013
 

BY TONY GOSGNACH, LifeSiteNews.com

Wed Jun 12, 2013

TORONTO, June 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Linda Gibbons, who has spent years in jail for peacefully protesting Toronto abortion clinic “bubble zone” laws, was arrested outside the “Morgentaler Clinic” abortion site in Toronto around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The arrest took place some two and a half hours after she appeared there to begin pacing back and forth on a sidewalk with her usual placard reading, “Why mom? When I have so much love to give.”

Her lawyer, Daniel Santoro, said she was to appear in court this morning for a bail hearing and added he will be representing her in subsequent court appearances. It has been Gibbons’s practice to decline bail because conditions are added that require her to stay away from abortion sites pending trial.

There was no immediate word on what charges will be laid; however, it has been prosecutors’ custom in such circumstances to charge her with “disobeying a court order” and, at times, with breaching probation orders. The Morgentaler site on Hillsdale Avenue East is protected by a court injunction banning a wide range of pro-life activities within certain distances of the building.

Gibbons has been free since being released from jail this past March 14, when she was sentenced to time served plus one day for a similar demonstration outside the Morgentaler site last October 30. Santoro had said he was planning an appeal of that verdict on the grounds that the injunction protecting the Morgentaler site did not apply to Gibbons (as she was not named in the injunction and did not consent to it) and that her peaceful conduct did not constitute a breach of the injunction’s measures, which include prohibitions on creating a nuisance, injuring the plaintiffs or their “business,” watching, besetting, secondary picketing and intimidation.

Linda Gibbons Arrested for Peaceful Protest Against Murder

Linda Gibbons Arrested for Peaceful Protest Against Murder

On the latest occasion, several pro-life supporters, including Gibbons’s friend Leeda Crawford, looked on as two security guards were on hand “very quickly” after Gibbons began her demonstration. “The only time she spoke was when she attempted to hand a brochure regarding the development of the unborn child to a young woman who was entering the clinic,” said Crawford. “Linda would pause for a few seconds, likely to pray, and continue her quiet slow pace back and forth in front of the entrance …

“During the time Linda was walking back and forth a few cars stopped to talk to her. She handed a pamphlet to a cab driver. A few people asked, ‘Why are they arresting her? What’s going on?’ ‘Why?’ was one response. ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’ was another. A few stopped to ask the cops, ‘Why are you arresting her?’ One asked me, ‘What about free speech?’ and went on to say, ‘Regardless of whether you’re pro-life or not, you should be able to protest.’”

Linda Gibbons - Arrested for Free Expression

Linda Gibbons – Arrested for Free Expression

A sheriff’s vehicle arrived just after 10 a.m. “Two women came out of the building and began to complain to the cops from the van,” said Crawford. “Linda continued to walk back and forth in front of the building, again speaking only when a woman walked past her towards the entrance way to 727 Hillsdale.”

About 45 minutes later, four police officers were on hand when the sheriff finished reading the text of the injunction to Gibbons. They seized her sign, handcuffed her and placed her into the back of a cruiser for transport to the 53 Division police station. There, she was to be processed and taken to the Vanier Centre for Women prison site in Milton, where she was to join fellow pro-life demonstrator Mary Wagner, who is awaiting trial on mischief-related charges for her demonstration at the “Women’s Care Clinic” abortion site on Lawrence Avenue West last August 15.

Gibbons was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal last October — nominated by Tory MP Maurice Vellacott — for her “faithful undying battle for justice for pre-born children, at great personal sacrifice”.

Vellacott called Gibbons’ peaceful civil disobedience an “appropriate method when trying to protect defenseless, voiceless human beings in the womb from butchery and death.”

Responding to criticism for having nominated a jailed pro-life activist, he said at the time: “It’s a pretty upside down world when we honor abortionists like Henry Morgentaler for killing over 5000 babies and imprison precious women, like Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons, who try to save babies from such savagery. They are the real heroes of humanity!”

For Gibbons, making a stand for life that lands her in jail again and again is her way of doing something for the baby’s slated for abortion. “I’ve been in prison for 10 years and I’m willing to spend another 10 years behind bars. I have a moral responsibility not to obey an unjust law. I am not asking to be arrested for the exercising of my free speech,” she told a reporter last year.

“The real question is, What is the value of life? And what am I willing to do to protect the unborn?”

Co-authored with Peter Baklinski.